Grazia South Africa article – 8th April 2015

I am sharing the article published by Grazia in South Africa – it doesn’t wholly reflect my story. I am discovering that it’s probably best to tell my story in my own words in future to the press !  however it does raise awareness about adopting damaged children and the subsequent Adoption Disruption which occurs and Care Orders which as you know I am passionate about changing and is the only reason why I went public with my story.  Thank you South Africa for your support.

Grazia South Africa

Adopting after an Adoption Disruption

I am getting inundated with parents who have been through an adoption disruption, applied to adopt again, and been declined by their LA who have put the blame for the disruption squarely at the parents feet.  This cannot be right?  These parents are heroes who deserve support – and have tried their hardest with damaged children often at the cost of their marriages ; ask yourself the question – could you do any better?

I have had the same email may be 50 times since I launched

Thank you everyone

Thanks to all those who have had the courage to email me, post a comment on the forum, and those who have signed the Care Order Petition, and retweeted  adoptiondisruptionuk

A lovely friend of mine just said a prayer for my son while she was in GOSH yesterday with her daughter when she visited the chapel.  For anyone who doesn’t know the chapel at GOSH is one of the most beautiful places in the world and one of the most poignant.  Thanks again everyone for all your support for the new website.

gosh chapel

BBC Radio 4 Breakfast – 20th March 2015

BBC Radio 4 – Friday 20th March 2015 –  really good mention for the website and background of my story in conjunction with general debate about improving adoption process and support

Campaigners are highlighting the huge impact on children and families following an event we hear little about – the breakdown of adoption. It’s rare – only about one in every thirty children adopted ends up being returned to care –  but when that does happen, the impact upon the child can be dramatic. Now there’s a call for local authorities to ensure they give as much information as possible about the child that is to be adopted – which should happen in principle but in practice doesn’t always. A website adoptiondisruptionuk has just been set up to help such parents, by a woman who adopted a boy at eighteen months but struggled and eventually had to end the adoption after he developed a serious neurological disorder. Every family has a different story to tell. Our reporter Sanchia Berg has spoken to another mother whose adopted daughter is now back in care. Her words are spoken by an actor. Jemma Vanderstock was adopted age 4 and went back into care age 13 after the relationship with her adoptive parents broke down, she’s now aged 19 and Jim Clifford has nine adoptive children, and trains others in adoption and therapeutic parenting.

Lorraine Kelly – 17th March 2015 

Appeared on Lorraine Kelly this morning and was able to say in my story in my own words and raise awareness about lack of support for adoptive parents, talk about my website adoptiondisruptionuk and the care order. Hope I did ok as my first tv appearance…